Former Star music critic writes history of KC

Harry Haskell, a former music critic for The Kansas City Star, has written a history of Kansas City through studying The Star. Steve Weinberg of Columbia wrote a review of “Boss Busters & Sin Hounds” for The Star.
The author’s grandfather, Henry J. Haskell, worked for The Star and became its editor-in-chief. He died in 1952 at age 78.
William Rockhill Nelson, owner of the paper from 1880 until he died in 1915, is a main character in the book. Other prominent characters are Democratic party boss Tom Pendergast, real estate developer J.C. Nichols and Haskell’s successor as editor, Roy A.
Roberts. Ernest Hemingway, a young reporter for The Star, makes a brief appearance in the book.
“Whatever potential readers of ‘Boss Busters & Sin Hounds’ think of The Star,” Weinberg wrote, “they are almost certain to welcome Haskell’s book as a first-rate history … of Kansas City.”

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